Critique my bin!!
Hey everyone, Ive had a bin going now for over a year easily and I dont think Im feeding them properly. Ive read a ton on the subject and the topic of how MUCH to feed always comes up, but not how often.
I started about a year ago or so with one pound of worms. Initially I used an 18 gallon rubbermaid tote. I put all kinds of stuff in there and they seemed to do good. Used potting soil, pine firs, veggie scraps, Vegetable plants, etc, etc.
About six months later I put another 18 gallon bin on top and drilled holes in the bottom hoping the worms would migrate up. They did... kind of, but there was still a ton of them in the bottom. Long story short I didnt like the way the bins looked and stacked. They didnt set on each other evenly. So I took the whole thing and divided it up into 5 gallon buckets. The 5 gallon buckets fit together much nicer.
Heres my main concern and question. Bascially I only feed them when I think about it. I really neglect them. The bin never dries out and they always seem to be alive in there. Sometimes Ill go over a month without adding anything, other times I add stuff often every other day for awhile, then I dont do anything for a month or two again.
Is this ok? Or should I add stuff on a regular basis to the bin? Also, how often should I add new bedding?
I think this 5 gallon bucket setup will help tremendously. The bottom bucket has no holes to catch the leachate, then the upper 4 buckets have holes in the bottoms. When I harvest the bottom bucket, Ill re-bed it and put fresh food in it and replace it on the top of the stack. The middle four buckets are in varying degrees of completion.
Does this sound ok? Im wondering if instead of 5 buckets, if I should do two towers of three buckets each. One that is ready to be harvested, one intermidate bucket, and one on top with fresh bedding.
Please critique my bin. I think going to two stacks of three buckets (plus the leachate bucket) is best. My main problem Im sure is that Im neglecting them, not feeding them enough organic matter, and not providing fresh bedding regularly enough.
Any input on how ofen you feed your bins and how you maintain them would be great. Thanks!!!
Ill get some pics posted up a little later.